Worship can be spontaneous, but planned structured worship has advantages.
Everything a Christian does is worship.
Romans 12:1 罗马书12:1
But certain aspects of worship can be taught
2 Kings 17:28 – So one of the priests who had been exiled from Samaria came to live in Bethel and taught them how to worship the LORD.
列王记下17:28 – “于是有一个从撒玛利亚掳去的祭司回来，住在伯特利，指教他们怎样敬畏耶和华。”
Isaiah 29:13 – The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.”
以赛亚书29:13 – “主说：因为这百姓亲近我，用嘴唇尊敬我，心却远离我。他们敬畏我，不过是领受人的吩咐。”
Worship can be planned to include a variety of body language
Exodus 33:10 – Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to his tent.
出埃及记33:10 – 众百姓看见云柱立在会幕门前，就都起来，各人在自己帐棚的门口下拜。
Genesis 24:48 – And I bowed down and worshiped the LORD. I praised the LORD, the God of my master Abraham.
NOTE: To differentiate themselves from worshipers of pagan statues, early Christians do not seem to have “bowed down” in worship after Jesus’ ascension.
2 Chronicles 29:29 – When the offerings were finished, the king and everyone present with him knelt down and worshiped.
历代志下29:29 – 献完了祭，王和一切跟随的人都俯伏敬拜。
2 Chronicles 29:30 – King Hezekiah and his officials ordered the Levites to praise the LORD with the words of David and of Asaph the seer. So they sang praises with gladness and bowed their heads and worshiped.
历代志下29:30 – 希西家王与众首领又吩咐利未人用大卫和先见亚萨的诗词颂赞耶和华。他们就欢欢喜喜地颂赞耶和华，低头敬拜。
Worship can be planned for different times and occasions
a. 1 Samuel 1:19 – Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the LORD and then went back to their home at Ramah.
b. Luke 1:10 – And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.
路加福音1:10 – “烧香的时候，众百姓在外面祷告。”
Worship can be planned as a complete experience emphasizing Christ’s message to us.
God’s invitation for us to worship him
Our Confession of sins to God
God’s announcement of forgiveness to us
God’s message to us in the Scriptures
Our response in prayer and song
God’s encouragement to us in the sermon
Our confession of faith in God in the creeds
Our gifts to God in the offering
God’s gifts to us in the Sacraments
Three important benefits of using a liturgy
a. The use of a liturgy is a good way of ensuring a complete worship experience.
b. Except for the sermon, the liturgy can be conducted even without a highly trained leader.
c. Children and adults who can’t read or can’t read well can memorize parts of the liturgy and still take part in it.
Give examples of when you or Christians you know were moved to spontaneous worship of God.
Give examples of special occasions (besides Sundays) when planned group worship might be appropriate in your church.
Name and explain any different worship postures used in your church.
Are there some postures that are inappropriate in your culture?
How do worship styles and postures vary between different Christian denominations? Are there important reasons why ours differs from others?
In your church, how are children or new members taught how to worship？
How can we avoid the improper worship which God criticizes in Isaiah 29:13?
Read again point 5, then answer these questions.
a. If we did not use a liturgy, which important parts of the worship experience might we forget? (You might think of different kinds of services in different churches.)
b. What are the advantages of having a pastor conduct the entire liturgy?
c. Would there be advantages to having lay people assist in conducting the liturgy?
What parts of your congregation’s liturgy could non-readers learn and take part in?